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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Viktor Orbán Central European University
Prime Minister Orbán’s assault on the Central European University has become a flash point in the struggle between democracy and nationalism in the EU By Nicolas Kristen & Benjamin Wolf It is hard to remember today the euphoria and optimism that swept through Central Europe following the fall of the Iron Curtain. With the suffocation of soviet communism lifted, open societies...
Michael Häupl
Vienna’s eternal mayor Michael Häupl is under mounting pressure to step down. And the squeeze is coming from within his own party The basic chronology is easily told, an everyday drama of dinosaurs, foxes and family feuding. The stage is the Rotes Rathaus, the seat of Vienna’s city and provincial government and a bastion of the social democrats, as it...
christian kern
Or does Kern's new narrative play into the hands of the populists? There have been no bombs in Austrian cities. There are no policemen in body armor patrolling the streets. Yet Trump-style talk of sealing borders is commonplace, and Austria’s “tough guy” Federal Minister for the Interior, Wolfgang Sobotka (left), bears a certain resemblance to Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian leader...
balkans
Can Austria help bring Southeastern Europe into the EU’s fold? After all, as State Chancellor Klemens von Metternich knew, “the Balkans begin at Rennweg” In July 2018, Austria will again assume the European Union presidency, just as enlargement comes back on the agenda. Many in Europe still think expansion matters, as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s recent State of the Union made clear. “If we want more stability in our neighborhood, we...
Jewish Vienna
Our community is small, but thriving. Ever more diverse, Vienna's Jews are making waves on every level By Sara Friedman & Benjamin Wolf Silently, the breadcrumbs slipped back into the deep woolen pockets. They were supposed to feed the fish in the Donaukanal on a cold autumn day. But this time, it was different for the small group that gathered by...
army
For centuries, Austria’s military was the structure that held a sprawling collection of multi-ethnic territories together, perhaps a European Union before its time. It was 1315 and a crispy cold November day in the rugged mountains of the Swiss canton of Zug. A Habsburg force of 9,000 men led by Duke Leopold I in person was on a punitive expedition...
As America turns inward, the enormously ambitious program once described as the “most enligthened self-interest in history” has a positive impact still today In times when transactional politics is dominating international relations and Washington seems to have abandoned global – political and moral – leadership, it is worthy to recall an era when the U.S. came to the rescue of...
From welcoming refugees to protecting borders, the question of how to best deal with migration is vexing Europe The dramatic pictures that splashed across tablets and TV screens will linger long in the memories of Europeans: Hundreds, even thousands, of migrants some families with small children, huddled in the overcrowded Budapest Keleti pu railway station in dire conditions: There was...
On September 24, some troubling news broke: News outlets like Kurier and Der Standard published a leaked email that was sent from within the Interior Ministry to the press offices of the regional directors of the Austrian Federal Police. The memo recommended abstaining from communication with "critical media," stating that certain newspapers should be avoided and only engaged with...
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